Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 22 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Remain faithful to company values and you'll shine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Former Mate
    Current Employee - Crew Member/Former Mate

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Flexible hours
    Great food
    Great customers
    Opportunity for growth
    Biannual reviews and raise opportunities
    Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day so you can be with your family

    Cons

    Management role doesn't leave much time for personal life
    Physically taxing; important to care for yourself and take breaks

    Advice to Management

    Streamline the new store process: nothing is more frustrating than getting 7 different answers from 7 different managers. There should be a "Store opening standard" given to all mates and captains who participate in opening a new store.
    There should be a bigger company focus on professionalism and tact. You cannot compromise professionalism for the sake of "having fun."

  2. Fun place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member
    Current Employee - Part Time Crew Member

    I have been working at Trader Joe's part-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, great opportunities to move up in the company, good oppertunities for raises, flexible hours.

    Cons

    Required to work on weekends.

    Advice to Management

    Some crew members need more supervision and direction when it comes to completing a task. Don't be afraid to call out a slacker, it's the hard workers that have to pick up their slack.

  3. Crewmember

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    All of the crewmembers got along well and working there was pretty easy.

    Cons

    Breaks are extremely short and if you're not a people person I wouldn't suggest this job. Dealing with rude and difficult customers can really become a challenge.

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  5. team member

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Member in Kirkland, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Team Member in Kirkland, WA (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice peer network and a good place to learn how to work in a retail environment. Benefits are excellent even if the pay and hours available are not

    Cons

    As a team member you are not actually working for trader joes you work for the managment and captain who work more hours and overtime hours and are probably over burdened but they get bonus pay and overtime and decent pay to manage the store.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on improving your stores

  6. Management and "corporate" do not care about employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cool co-workers, very laid back, good benefits

    Cons

    High favoritism, company lies to you, including management, favor butt kissers (as anywhere) over hard work. Don't want to pay you better for doing way more than everyone else

    Advice to Management

    Stop sucking

  7. For the field it's not too bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Westfield, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Westfield, NJ (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They have better than average benefits and pay better than their competitors.

    Cons

    Crazy hours and if you are a young male, you will be doing the majority of the work.

    Advice to Management

    Shore up the schedule to make it more consistent.

  8. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchant
    Current Employee - Merchant

    I have been working at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have a strong work ethic, I believe you can go as far as you want with this company.

    Cons

    If you can't work long hours on your feet, or lift somewhat heavy boxes frequently, then this job will not be for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! In my store, employees feel empowered and take personal interest in their sections of ownership.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Abuse the workers to accommodate the leisure folk. Immature management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associated in State College, PA (US)
    Former Employee - Associated in State College, PA (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice products. Great selection of cheese.

    Cons

    No real stock room... everything delivered to one small room in the back, where it is stacked and put on hold, which is fine for dry goods, but not so much for frozen/fresh/perishable goods.

    If you work hard, you'll get put on the hardest shift of unloading and stocking.

    Too many managers/assistant managers and too little real-world department overview.

    Really, it's mostly hype. TJ's is not that great of a company to work for, no matter how much PR they produce to the contrary.

    Advice to Management

    Stop portraying yourself as a "team" environment, when it's really just a use-em-n-lose-em sort of place.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Great Perks, Sometimes Terrible Magaers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Pikesville, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Pikesville, MD (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun, fast-paced, and high spirited atmosphere.

    Great rate of pay

    Awesome health benefits

    Flexible with your availability

    Cons

    Biggest problem with this company is the managerial staff. Sometimes you will get a great leader running the helm, listening to the opinions of the crew. Other times, you will get someone who has it out for certain people and start a whole investigation for no reason other then they are power hungry and fear their crew members.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know who you are promoting to upper levels as some are just power hungry and do not care about the crew.

  11. Merchant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Merchant in Paramus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Merchant in Paramus, NJ (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    making connections, great customers, on your feet all day

    Cons

    you feel replaceable at certain stores, low morale, very little room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    I've been with the company for over 6 years and have seen the company change drastically within the past 4 years, but especially within the past 2 years. What first attracted me to TJ's was that I would see merchants outside doing cart runs, then head back inside and do administrative work. Also the fact that part time crew members could show ownership of the store by being "QB". Both of these have been banned by corporate, well not the cart run thing, but you will never see a mate scheduled for a cart run, that's for sure. With the implementation of dayforce, certain stores have been running their crew down into the ground, trying to get them to stock every can of tuna on the shelf as possible before the crew ends up feeling mundane and not wanting to bother communicating with management about issues. Listen to the crew, give more opportunities for them to advance, and show them you care again.

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